TODAY, DEC. 5
41st ANNUAL NA MELE O MAUI SONG COMPETITION
Family, friends and the general public are invited to this free song and art competition from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. Sponsored by Ka'anapali Beach Hotel, Na Mele perpetuates Hawaiian culture. Each of the 23 classes from 16 schools will sing two Hawaiian songs.
NAPUA GREIG | SATURDAY
Recording artist Napua Greig by Aubrey Hord, courtesy of Maui Arts & Cultural Center
ISRAELI FOLK DANCING AND CHANUKAH PARTY
The public is invited to an annual community Chanukah party from 6 to 9 p.m. at Maui Lu in Kihei with Israeli folk dancing, pot luck food, live Jewish music on piano, candle lighting and more. Call 281-1951.
HUI HOLIDAYS: FIRST NIGHT IN MAKAWAO
Come to Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center in Makawao from 5 to 8 p.m., meet local artists, enjoy pupu and festive drinks, spirited music and door prizes. Walk the grounds of this magnificent estate and see Andre Morrissette's imaginative holiday window displays. Cost is $30. Call the Hui at 572-6560.
FRIDAY, DEC. 6
TOWER OF POWER AND WAR TO PLAY AT MACC
"What is Hip?" and "You're Still a Young Man" are just two of the hits that will blow you away by Tower of Power's hot horn playing. War will also get you in the groove with "Spill the Wine" and "Low Rider." Show starts at 7:30 p.m. in Castle Theater in Kahului. Cost is $45 $65, $85 or $125. Soul Kitchen will play before and afterward in the courtyard. For tickets, call 242-7469, go to the box office or visit www.mauiarts.org.
SANTA IS COMING TO WAILUKU TOWN PARTY
The Wailuku First Friday Town Party will kick off its Christmas parade at 6:15 p.m. with Santa in the lead, followed by the Civil Air Patrol and Maui High School's marching bands. The free event showcases Maui's artisans, crafters and food vendors. Enjoy live music by sax player Jeff Kashiwa and many others.
NEW OUTLETS OF MAUI HOSTS GRAND OPENING
Come and get your Gucchi on at the new Outlets of Maui mall that used to be Lahaina Center. A holiday open house and grand opening celebration will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Have a bite at Ruth's Chris Steak House, and shop, shop, shop 'till you drop.
FRIDAY NIGHT IS ART NIGHT IN LAHAINA
Stroll to dozens of art galleries in Lahaina town from 6 to 9 p.m. for special gallery shows, featured artists in action and refreshments all free and open to the public. Pick up the walking map from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Lahaina Visitor Center, located at the Old Lahaina Courthouse.
SATURDAY, DEC. 7
LEI KULAIA: CHRISTMAS WITH NAPUA GREIG
Award-winning female vocalist Napua Greig will get you in the mood for the holidays with her new Lei Kulaia recording as Halau Na Lei Kaumaka o Uka performs hula at 7:30 p.m. in McCoy Studio Theater in Kahului. Cost is $25. For tickets, call 242-7469, got to MACC box office or visit www.mauiarts.org.
16th ANNUAL LIGHTING OF THE BANYAN TREE
Planted in 1873, the Banyan Tree is arguably Lahaina's most famous landmark. At 6:30 p.m., it will be lit with thousands of lights and under it will be a winter wonderland for keiki. Bring the little ones any time after noon for cookie decorating, face painting and crafts. At 3 p.m., Da Hawaiian Snowman will arrive for picture taking. Join Lahaina Arts Society's Jean Baranyk for her art show reception from 6 to 8 p.m.
Activities continue from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more details, call Lynn Donovan at 667-9175.
HALEAKALA WALDORF SCHOOL HOLIDAY FAIRE
Situated across from Kula Post Office, this 28th anniversary Faire runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with live entertainment, silent auction, ono food, Christmas wreaths, make-and-take crafts, bakery and coffee shop, and kid games. Admission is $3; children younger than 12, free.
'DINING FOR LIFE' AT LEODA'S IN OLOWALU
From 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for all meal services including breakfast, lunch and dinner, Leoda's Kitchen & Pie Shop in Olowalu will donate 15 percent of its food sales to Maui AIDS Foundation.
'DESCENDANTS' MOVIE ON PUNK ROCK BAND
No, George Clooney isn't part of the picture. "FILMAGE: The Story of Descendants" is about the punk rock band. It will screen at Stella Blues Cafe in Kihei. Doors open at 7 p.m. "Filmage" runs from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Three bands to follow. They are AB/AB, The Minorities and Black Ocean. Cost is $7 in advance, $10 at door. Or come for the bands only for $5. For tickets, you may visit www.808shows.com.
PAIA SCHOOL'S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS FAIR DAY
Come to Paia Elementary School at 955 Baldwin Ave. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and peruse the holiday tree sale, vendor booths, live music, silent auction, cookie booth and Santa visits with photo ops. But you must BYOC (bring your own camera). Event is free. For further details, call 679-2100.
HOSPICE MAUI HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE WITH ART
This free family day at Hospice Maui in Wailuku is designed to help families and children who may be grieving through the holidays with arts and crafts fun. Bring a photo of a loved one to incorporate into art. Hospice will provide art supplies. Call 244-5555.
MAKAWAO HONGWANJI MISSION GARAGE SALE
The gigantic annual winter garage sale will be held from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1074 Makawao Ave. with more than 3,000 square feet of items for the whole family. Baked goods, clothing, crafts and more. Call 572-7229.
HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS AT HISTORIC INN
From 1 to 4 p.m., the Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono will open its doors with music and hula by Hokulani Holt's halau, readings of Don Blanding's poems and gift items. Light snacks and beverages will be served. Cost is $25. Call 264-1820.
SUNDAY, DEC. 8
HOLIDAY POPS: PEACE ON EARTH MUSIC SHOW
Maui Pops Orchestra presents guest pianist Hyperion Knight to play "First Piano Concerto," one of the most popular ever composed. You'll also be treated to Na Leo Lani O Maui Hawaiian Community Choir, under direction of Gale Wisehart and kumu hula Uluwehi Guerrero. Cost is $15, $30, $40 or $50; half price for those 18 and younger in certain sections. For tickets, call 242-7469.
MAUI HIGH SCHOOL'S ANNUAL HOLIDAY FAIR
Centrally located in Maui High School's gym in Kahului, this fair runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with lots of jams, candles, soaps, plants and crafts from Oahu vendors along with farmers market, glass jewelry and ono grinds.
MONDAY, DEC. 9
TALK STORY AND HULA LESSONS IN MAALAEA
Those who pay admission to Maui Ocean Center in Maalaea will be treated to a free talk story with its cultural advisor, Kahu Dane Maxwell, and get a hula lesson, to boot, at 11:30 a.m.. Appropriate for all ages. Call 270-7000.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 11
PIONEER INN PRESENTS TALK STORY AND MUSIC
Pioneer Inn presents "The Story of Hawaii Exhibit" by Bryant Neal from 3 to 8 p.m. in Lahaina. Live Hawaiian music featuring Gable Goebbert from Arts Education for Children Group. Free admission.